Vin Diesel Scores Early Legal Victory in ‘xXx’ Sequel Lawsuit

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Vin Diesel has secured a small victory in his ongoing breach of contract lawsuit with a former business partner.

George Zakk previously served as head of the actor’s One Race Films production company and as part of a deal, he claims he was entitled to receive more than $300,000 and at least a producer’s credit for each film made by the firm.

He left the company in 2007, but claimed their oral payment agreement remained in place for future releases he had worked on, and filed suit earlier this year seeking to ensure he got a cut from Diesel’s upcoming movie, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, a sequel to the star’s 2002 action hit, which is set for release next year.

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The case was heard in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, when Zakk was faulted by the judge for failing to specify the date of the alleged breach of contract, which is restricted to two years under the statute of limitations.

The plaintiff was further criticized for “insufficient facts” and details to back up his claims about the oral agreement, prompting the judge to dismiss a number of his arguments and rule out any punitive damages, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Zakk was given 20 days to file an amended complaint, but Diesel’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, insists the lawsuit is a waste of time and he is confident it will be fully tossed.

“The plaintiff didn’t do one second of work on xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, and admittedly hasn’t worked with Vin Diesel at all since 2007,” Freedman stated after the ruling. “This nine-year after-the-fact attempted money grab strains credulity and is on its way to being fully extinguished by the court.”

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